Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 29)

1) Annual Neighborhood Cleanup (Saturday)
2) Apply for housing preference
3) Portland Harbor Community Outreach Grants Available
4) TriMet Bike Plan
5) ADU tax heartburn reduced
6) Local youth programming (May 14)
7) Better Naito is back
8) OKNA Board Meeting (May 3)


1) Annual Neighborhood Cleanup (Saturday)

We’re still celebrating Earth Day in Overlook. Join us on Saturday for the annual neighborhood cleanup. We will meet at the PIttman HydroPark (Concord Avenue just north of Going Street) for registration and breakfast munchies tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 a.m. Then we’ll split up into teams to spiff up Going Street down to Swan Island and parts of Interstate Avenue.

The first 50 volunteers will receive a beautiful organic tomato start grown by Mulysa Melco of Resilience Design and the opportunity to get rid of any personal bulky waste too big to fit into your trash can. Please don’t bring any hazardous, construction, remodeling or demolition materials; kitchen garbage or residential yard debris; or recyclables that can be collected at curbside.

Special thanks to our partners, the Swan Island Business Association and Metro.

Neighborhood Cleanup
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Pittman HydroPark


2) Apply for housing preference

As part of the City’s initiative in North and Northeast Portland to address the community impact of involuntary displacement, the Portland Housing Bureau has unveiled a preference policy that will prioritize impacted households for the rental housing and homeownership programs it funds in the area. In May, longtime residents who have experienced or are now facing displacement will be able to apply to receive preference for new homeownership opportunities.

The Portland Housing Bureau will accept applications for preference May 2-13. The application is available online at the Housing Bureau’s website, as well as from eleven sites throughout the Portland Metro area (a full list of application sites is available here).

Anyone who wants more should contact the Housing Bureau by calling the application helpline at 503-823-4147 or via email at PHBwaitlist@portlandoregon.gov. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/PHB


3) Portland Harbor Community Outreach Grants Available

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services seeks to provide funding to local community based organizations that engage with underrepresented communities. These community outreach grants are intended to help raise awareness on the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and to help increase participation in the upcoming Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comment period. The 60-day comment period will start once the EPA’s Proposed Plan has been released, which we anticipate in early May 2016. More information on the grant application process can be found here. If you have any questions please contact grant manager Tonya Stephens at 503-823-4883.


4) TriMet Bike Plan

Next week, TriMet will host open houses to discuss the TriMet Bike Plan, a roadmap that will help guide future investments in biking infrastructure and amenities.

Portland
Monday, May 2
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave.
Join the Facebook event

NE Portland
Thursday, May 5
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Velo Cult
1969 NE 42nd Ave.
Join the Facebook event

If you can’t make it to an open house, starting May 2, you’ll be able to view the Bike Plan online and submit feedback.


5) ADU tax heartburn reduced

Oregon Department of Revenue issued a draft rule that steers Multnomah County away from the  ‘rezoning’ interpretation. This draft rule explicitly forbids county assessors from classifying a property as ‘rezoned’ when an ADU or any other accessory structure is added. This DOR rule supersedes the interpretation that had caused detached ADUs to trigger a property reassessment — the interpretation that has caused a dramatic ADU development chilling effect in Portland in the last 6 months.

Learn more.


6) Local youth programming (May 14)

cabcardThe Bethel Youth Drop-In Center has provided support for the youth in the North Portland area for more than 25 years. It has been a consistent resource for not only child care, but also caring for children’s needs. This program has provided children of the neighborhood with a safe space where they are encouraged to learn, practice age appropriate behaviors, and live a healthy and safe lifestyle.  Elementary school students have had the support in both an afternoon program during the school year and in an 8-hour-a-day summer camp program. Three years ago, the summer program was expanded to include middle school age children in a Youth Leadership Camp.

Student fees cover some of the costs, but support from the community and other organizations provides the majority. Bethel has yet to turn away any child for lack of funds.

The upcoming Cabaret and Cabernet event is a chance to celebrate the joy and beauty of the neighborhood and its children while raising funds for the youth programs.  Virtuosa Jazz Singer Lady Kat headlines the entertainment.  Call Bethel Lutheran for tickets – 503-285-4919.

Cabaret and Cabernet
Saturday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church (5658 N Denver Ave.)


7) Better Naito is back

Better Naito returns to Portland for a second summer. The pilot project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

From May 2 to July 31, during all hours of the day, one northbound traffic lane from SW Main Street to NW Davis Street will be converted to a multi-use path for two-way walking and bicycling.

From July 1 to July 4 ONLY, the lane conversion will extend from SW Clay Street to NW Davis Street to accommodate people traveling to or around the Waterfront Blues Festival at the southern end of Waterfront Park.

Data collected during the 2015 Better Naito found that during non-peak hours, motor vehicle travel times were not significantly affected. The travel time from the half mile stretch of SW Clay to SW Stark increased the most during peak travel hours 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., with typical increases in motor vehicle travel times during peak hours between 45 seconds and one minute. The full report can be found on the Better Naito website.


8) OKNA Board Meeting (May 3)
The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will hold its May meeting on Tuesday. View the agenda.

OKNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Drive)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 23)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association joins homeless camping lawsuit
2) Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up Overlook (April 30)
3) Public safety in Overlook
4) Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Workshop (April 30)
5) Community forum on homelessness (April 26)
6) Friends of Overlook House 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser (May 20)
7) Portland awards $47 million for affordable housing projects 


1) Overlook Neighborhood Association joins homeless camping lawsuit

On Tuesday the Overlook Neighborhood Association board voted unanimously to join a coalition of neighborhood, businesses and residents in a lawsuit seeking to end Mayor Charlie Hales’ homeless camping policy that allows camping in many public spaces. You can learn more about the lawsuit on the OKNA website, where we have posted a FAQ, Fact Sheet and the legal filing.

There has been extensive media coverage of the lawsuit including at OPB, The Oregonian, KATU, KGW and Willamette Week. OKNA Board Member Chris Trejbal also spoke with KBOO.


2) Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up Overlook (April 30)

neighborhoodCleanupHappy Earth Day! As you spend time today thinking about the planet, make plans to act locally next Saturday. Join your neighbors on April 30 to help spruce up N Going Street. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. in the Pittman HydroPark just north of Going Street at Concord Avenue (North side of the bike/pedestrian bridge). With enough volunteers, two hours of work along Going and N Greeley Avenue will make a significant difference.

For your efforts, you’ll receive an organic tomato start grown by Mulysa Melco of Resilience Design and the opportunity to get rid of any personal bulky waste too big to fit into your trash can.  However, please don’t bring any hazardous, construction, remodeling or demolition materials; kitchen garbage or residential yard debris; or recyclables that can be collected at curbside.

Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring work gloves and pruners, if you have them.  We’ll need mechanical help to move filled garbage bags up the Going Street hill.  If you have a Radio Flyer wagon or a cart, bringing it along would be a great contribution.

Please RSVP to graffiti@OverlookNeighborhood.org.  Meet your neighbors, have some fun, get some exercise and enjoy some yummy tomatoes in August.

Special thanks to our partners, Swan Island Business Association and Metro.

Overlook Neighborhood cleanup
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Pittman HydroPark


3) Public safety in Overlook

At the recent OKNA General Meeting, residents heard from Mark Wells who coordinates Neighborhood Watch and Community Foot Patrol programs in the city. If you are interested in learning about how to set one up in your neighborhood, their online resources are the place to start.

CP Logo 2015 FinalWe also learned at the meeting that Portland allocated uniformed patrol officers geographically based on reported crime rates. The more accurate the data that the Police Bureau has, the better it can target problem areas. Next time you see something going on, be sure to report it so that Overlook receives the police protection it needs. If it’s an emergency, dial 911. Otherwise, you can use the online reporting site.

Finally, Officer Bob Foster urged residents to register their bikes with Bike Index or Porject529. When Portland Police recover a stolen bicycle, they use those services to check the serial number so they can return it to the owner.


4) Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Workshop (April 30)

Portland’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan looks at Portland’s risks from natural hazards, and identifies strategies to make the city more resilient.

On Saturday, April 30, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management will come to Overlook to talk about the plan. Attend the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Workshop to:

  • Get to know your natural hazard risks.
  • Select and prioritize projects to make Portland more resilient.
  • Ensure that your community’s needs and interests are considered.
  • Connect with your neighbors about preparedness.
  • There will be snacks, and kids are welcome!

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Workshop (agenda)
Saturday, April 30, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Beach Elementary School Cafeteria (1710 N Humboldt St.)


5) Community forum on homelessness (April 26)

Portsmouth Neighborhood Association will host a community forum on homelessness on Tuesday, April 26. Presenters include OKNA Board Chair Dannielle Herman as well as Josh Alpert (Mayor Charlie Hale’s chief of staff), Marc Jolin (Home for Everyone), Karen Ward (St. Andrew and All Souls Church), and Edna Wilson-Hoesch (Hereford House Food Pantry).

Community forum on homelessness
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Portland Abbey Arts (7600 N Hereford Ave.)


6) Friends of Overlook House 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser (May 20)

overlookHouseJoin your neighbors to mark a decade of Friends of Overlook House’s management of the historic neighborhood site. The event will include complimentary appetizers, no-host wine and beer, “The Overlook” signature cocktail, music from a local jazz trio, free childcare for ages 3 and older, and a grand raffle drawing at 8 p.m.

Raffle and fundraising proceeds will help pay for improvements to the Overlook House basement.

Overlook House Celebration and Fundraiser
Friday, May 20, 6-9 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


7) Portland awards $47 million for affordable housing projects

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) has awarded about $47 million in local and federal funds to eight proposed affordable housing projects. The money will support six new developments and two renovation projects. PHB estimates the award will result in 585 new units of affordable housing—and will preserve another 255 through renovation projects—including more than 120 total units for the lowest-income households

InterstateDevelopmentOne of new developments, “Interstate,” will go up just north of Overlook Neighborhood and include 51 new units of affordable housing. The development will serve low-income households earning up to 60 percent of the median family income, with a portion of units reserved for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

On-site resident services will include culturally specific recovery and employment support. Additionally, the close proximity to Head Start child care, mass transit, two grocery stores, and medical facilities will help residents increase their overall self-sufficiency.

The project design aims to achieve efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint through smaller units and green building features, such as energy efficient appliances, low-flow toilets and faucets, and LED lighting.

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OKNA joins lawsuit against City of Portland over homeless camping

Fact SheetAt the Tuesday General meeting of the Overlook Neighborhood Association, the OKNA Board unanimously voted to join a coalition of neighborhoods, businesses, residents and others in a lawsuit seeking to end Mayor Charlie Hales’ homeless camping policy. We believe that Portland can and must do better for all of its homeless residents than direct them to set up camp on any sidewalk or city land.

FAQWe hope that this legal action will prompt the city to engage with neighborhoods, businesses, the homeless community and all stakeholders to develop real solutions to the city’s homelessness crisis. Allowing Mayor Hales to act unilaterally and without such input has proven to be a failure.

For more information, view the FAQ, Fact Sheet and Press Release sent out by the neighborhood association. You can also read the legal filing below.

OKNA will continue to work with the city and Hazelnut Grove residents toward developing a temporary permit for that camp.

Safe Livable Portland legal filing

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 15)

1) OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday, April 19)
2) Learn about Interstate Lanes development (Thursday, April 21)
3) City developing middle housing policies
4) Help choose a new Department of Environmental Quality director
5) Tell Metro what sort of housing you want to see
6) Enjoy the arts at Portland Abbey Arts
7) Gypsy Moth spraying


1) OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday, April 19)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday to learn about what’s happening in Overlook. We’ll hear from a legislative candidate, learn about neighborhood watch, hear about the Portland bike share project and more.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


2) Learn about Interstate Lanes development (Thursday, April 21)

interstateLanesA representative from the development company or the local architecture firm working on redeveloping the Interstate Lanes site will be at next week’s Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association meeting. Visit the neighborhood next door to learn more about the project.

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.
Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon )


3) City developing middle housing policies

The Residential Infill Project (RIP) is developing regulatory concepts that address the scale of new housing and remodels as well as appropriate types and locations for alternative housing options in single-dwelling zones.

Alternative housing options support middle housing
At their April 5 meeting, the RIP Advisory Committee (SAC) discussed alternative housing options that would promote relatively smaller, less expensive residential units in portions of select single-dwelling zones. This type of housing – typically in the form of duplexes, tri- and fourplexes, garden apartments, and cottage clusters – is referred to as “middle housing”; housing types between single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Middle housing accommodates a greater diversity of household sizes, incomes and ages, and serves the changing needs of households over time.

City Council amendment
The Residential Infill  SAC discussion corresponds with a City Council amendment to the Comprehensive Plan Update that encourages the production of more middle housing in Portland. The amendment (#P45 on page 22 of the amendment report) would add the following language to Chapter 5, Housing of the Portland Comprehensive Plan:

Enable and encourage development of middle housing. This includes multi-unit or clustered residential buildings that provide relatively smaller, less expensive units; more units; and a scale transition between the core of the mixed use center and surrounding single family areas. Apply zoning that would allow this within a quarter mile of designated centers, where appropriate, and within the Inner Ring around the Central City.

In the amendment report, staff noted that policy support for middle housing in general is already part of the Recommended Draft Comp Plan forwarded by the Planning and Sustainability Commission to the City Council. However, this additional new policy takes the concept further; it reflects greater understanding from the Comp Plan process about the need for and benefits of middle housing. It also acknowledges that middle housing is particularly valuable for meeting equity and affordability goals, when located in high opportunity areas such as centers.

Staff also noted that implementation of this policy will entail extensive consultation with the public on the form, amount and location of middle housing appropriate to meet Comprehensive Plan goals.

Public hearings on Comp Plan amendments
City Council has scheduled public hearing on April 20 to hear testimony on all their amendments to the Recommended Comprehensive Plan, including this middle housing amendment. Read more about the Comp Plan amendments.

Next steps and public input for Residential Infill Project
Project staff are preparing for public review of the Residential Infill Project’s regulatory concepts this summer. Outreach events have not been finalized, but they will include a series of open houses throughout the city, targeted outreach to stakeholders who were not well represented in our previous public outreach survey, as well as providing information to other interested groups.

If your group/organization is interested in learning more about this project, please contact Julia Gisler (see below) to discuss ways to engage your group. Staff may be available to attend a meeting or share information about the project in other ways.

For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit the project website atwww.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 orjulia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov.


4) Help choose a new Department of Environmental Quality director

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission seeks public comment on proposed requirements and criteria for the recruitment of the permanent DEQ director.

To provide comment, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DEQsurvey2.

The commission will accept comments through this online system until noon on Tuesday, April 19, followed by a special opportunity to accept verbal comments on the draft requirements the evening of April 20. That session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland. The commission is expected to take action on the recruitment language, and many other agenda items, at its April 20-21, 2016, regular meeting. An agenda for that meeting is available now, with reports and other supporting documents to be posted soon.


5) Tell Metro what sort of housing you want to see

Metro invites you to complete a survey about housing choice in the Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan area. The purpose of the survey is to hear your voice and give you power to let your local governments and service providers know about your concerns and what you would change about the community. Your answers will be part of a regional planning effort for the counties in the Metro area including Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah Counties. Your response will have an impact on actions of local governments and service providers, such as how and where public funds are spent on housing developments, infrastructure, programs, and more. Please take the time to make your voice heard.

This survey should take about 20-25 minutes to complete. Your time and comments are greatly appreciated.

If you provide your name and address on the last page, it will be placed in a drawing for a $100 grocery store gift certificate of your choice. There will be five winners. Your answers are anonymous, for research purposes, and will not be connected with your name in any way. You do not need to provide your name to us unless you wish to be entered into the drawing.

Participate in the survey by clicking here.


6) Enjoy the arts at Portland Abbey Arts

abbey_artsOn Tuesday, after you attend the OKNA general meeting, why not bask in the arts?

Portland Abbey Arts will host an event featuring music, poetry and visual arts. Click on the flyer for more information.


7) Gypsy Moth spraying

Weather pending, helicopters will fly over North Portland spraying for Gypsy Moths on Saturday. They won’t spray Overlook Neighborhood directly, but residents might see them and depending on winds might have some of the spray drift his way.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 10)

1) Homeless update
2) Spring gardening workshops
3) Park sprinklers running in the rain
4) Support the Office of Neighborhood Involvement


1) Homeless update

FireHawthorne Bridge homeless fire

Summer dryness quickly approaches. After a fire at a homeless camp under the Hawthorne Bridge last week, the OKNA Board requested that Portland Fire & Rescue meet with Hazelnut Grove residents and conduct a safety check to ensure the camp in Overlook Neighborhood is following best practices for fire and safety. Fire & Rescue agreed, and the meeting was scheduled for Friday.

Other neighborhoods support Overlook

The chairs of eight North Portland neighborhoods (not counting Overlook) have sent a letter to the city supporting Overlook as we continue to try to work with the city on a plan that will ensure the safety of everyone. Other neighborhoods sending letters include Arlington, Crestwood and Irvington. The Northeast Coalition is promoting its own, similar letter. And Concordia, Cully, Vernon and Multnomah village have all shared their support for OKNA.

Homelessness forum (April 20)

The Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition will host a forum on homelessness later this month. There will be presentations by a Home for Everyone and the mayor’s office followed by Q+A. Neighbors will caucus to determine if the homeless plan works and will develop any next steps to take at the neighborhood association level.

Wednesday, April 20, 6-8 p.m.
Portland Building, Second Floor (1120 SW 5th Ave.)


2) Spring gardening workshopsWesternServiceberry

As Overlook residents start whipping their yards back into shape, expert help is available. The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District will partner with Sustainable Overlook and Trillium Charter School to offer two workshops.

Natural gardening workshop: Naturescaping (Sat. April 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Natural Gardening Workshop: Native Plants (Wed. May 18, 6-8:30 p.m.)

Both classes will take place at Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.) Registration is required. Find more details and register online. Additional questions? Call 503-935-5368.


3) Park sprinklers running in the rain

Starting in April, Portland Park & Recreation (PP&R) staff will activate irrigation systems across the city. Part of this process will include adjustments and repairs where workers need to have sprinkler and irrigation systems turned on during the day.

SprinklersSome of this work on more than 150 automatic sprinkler systems might occur during rainy days, which could strike a casual observer as an unusual sight.  However, PP&R staff must conduct this work now to ensure that all of the city’s park irrigation systems are fully functional for the hot summer months.  PP&R irrigation systems are used on grass at parks and athletic fields, and give plants supplemental water.

Though sprinklers running in the rain may cause one to do a double-take, this is in fact a common and effective industry practice.  In this case, de-winterizing PP&R sprinkler systems during the month of April (and sometimes during March, too) is indeed a normal operating procedure.

The irrigation systems in our parks sit idle for many months. During this time, the sprinkler heads may lose their alignment, have turf grow completely over them, or be damaged from the elements. To ensure proper operation, systematically each sprinkler zone is activated and thoroughly inspected.


4) Support the Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Do you like to hear what’s happening in Overlook Neighborhood through this weekly update and our quarterly newsletter? Do you appreciate having a neighborhood association that speaks up for Overlook? Have you attended a neighborhood cleanup or movie in the park?

All of this is made possible by the volunteers at OKNA, and those volunteers receive a lot of help from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI). It’s budget season in Portland, thoughm, andn ONI could fall under the budget axe.

You can help ensure that ONI and by extension OKNA has the resources it needs to serve Overlook residents by telling the mayor and City Council how valuable these programs are. Contact them at:

Charlie Hales, Mayor
mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

Steve Novick, Commissioner
novick@portlandoregon.gov

Amanda Fritz, Commissioner
amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Dan Saltzman, Commissioner
dan@portlandoregon.gov

Nick Fish, Commissioner
Nick@portlandoregon.gov

You can also support ONI and OKNA at upcoming budget forums:

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Alice Ott Middle School, Auditorium (12500 SE Ramona St.)

Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, (1221 SW 4th Ave.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 1)

1) Family night on the Bluffs (Sunday, April 3)
2) Sign up for Portland’s urgent safety messages
3) Middle Housing coming to Overlook?
4) Parks and clean water through art (Wednesday, April 6)
5) Celebrate spring with a healthy lawn and garden
6) Civics for Adults Workshop Series
7) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, April 5)
8) And finally…


1) Family night on the Bluffs (Sunday, April 3)

Skidmore BluffsOverlook neighbors on Skidmore Terrace invite you to join them on Sunday for family night at the Skidmore Bluffs.

Over the years Skidmore Bluffs have become a popular spot to watch the sunset, and over the years residents of Skidmore Terrace have noticed a few trends they’d like to curb, e.g., urinating in yards, smoking, drinking, loud music, parking in the no parking zones, etc. One night in particular – Sunday night – seems to always attract crowds that for whatever reason are particularly ill-behaved.

The Skidmore Terrace residents would like to put a stop to the rowdy Sunday nights (and get to know their neighbors a bit better, too). They invite all Overlook residents to join them on Sunday for family night at the Bluffs. They hope that by filling the park with families, over time the crowds will either move on to another location or curb their poor behavior.

Come out to meet some neighbors, enjoy the sunset and keep Overlook a great place for families.

Inaugural family night at Skidmore Bluffs
Sunday, April 3 at sunset (about 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.)
Skidmore Bluffs


2) Sign up for Portland’s urgent safety messages

The City of Portland and Multnomah County reminds all residents to visit www.PublicAlerts.org (PublicAlerts) to sign up to receive urgent safety information.

PublicAlerts is able to send messages to landline phones, mobile phones, and email addresses. Alerts are only issued when the public needs to take action to remain safe, such as staying inside, evacuating, or boiling water.

PublicAlerts was first launched in 2011. The system used by Portland and Multnomah County was recently improved and is now able to issue safety information in 10 languages other than English, including Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Laotian, Arabic, Romanian, Somali and Ukrainian. Residents must sign up to receive non-English messages.

When signing up, residents are also able to indicate if they may have additional needs in an emergency — such as mobility issues or hearing or visual impairment — or difficulty communicating with public safety responders.


3) Middle Housing coming to Overlook?

Commissioner Steve Novick has come out in support of “middle housing.” That’s denser development between a regular house and a large apartment building. Think duplexes and garden apartments.

The idea has made its way into discussions about the city’s Comprehensive Plan update, which is the official development plan for the next 20 years. The blocks north across the street from Overlook Park could be a test spot for middle housing development.

Share your thoughts on this idea or any other elements of the Comprehensive Plan at upcoming public hearings and City Council action. Among the upcoming meetings are:

  • April 14, 6-9 p.m. Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments, Portland Building Auditorium (1120 SW 5th Ave.)
  • April 20, 9:45 a.m. Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments, Council Chambers, City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave.)
  • April 28 2 p.m. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Vote

4) Parks and clean water through art (Wednesday, April 6)

The North Portland Parks Advisory Group and Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group are sponsoring an evening of artistic expression and information sharing in support of clean water and parks. Speakers will include:

  • Travis Williams, Willamette River Keepers
  • Emily Bosanquet, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts (PNCA)
  • Mary Lou Soscia, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Susan Barthel, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Parks and clean water through art
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.)


5) Celebrate spring with a healthy lawn and garden

LadybugSignDid you know that more than 400 Overlook neighbors have pledged to reduce or eliminate pesticides like Round-up and “weed and feed” in their yard? According Metro, “Garden chemicals can be harmful to humans, pets, wildlife and waterways. The good news is there are many surprisingly easy ways to care for your lawn and garden that avoid putting your family and neighbors at risk.” If you’re interested in learning more or in taking the Health Lawn and Garden Pledge, visit the Sustainable Overlook website.


6) Civics for Adults Workshop Series

DualCritThink-and-ConstitutionThe Civics for Adults Series will host two upcoming discussions in North Portland. The first is titled “Misinformation and political propaganda.” The second is called “The Constitution and the governments we live with.” Click on the image for details.


7) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, April 5)

The OKNA board meets on Tuesday. Items on the agenda include middle housing, questions for a possible North Portland mayoral candidate forum and general meeting format.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Drive)


8) And finally…

Spring has arrived in Overlook, and what better place to take some wedding photos than at our neighborhood street art?

overlook_wedding_art

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 25)

1) Easter egg hunt (Saturday, March 26)
2) Art show (Sunday, March 27)


1) Easter egg hunt (Saturday, March 26)

Don’t forget to bring the kids out for the Overlook House’s Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning. The hunt starts at 10:30 sharp. Bring your basket and don’t be late – the hunt will be over in about five minutes. Find one of the special golden eggs to claim a special prize.

The event is presented rain or shine for neighborhood children by Friends of Overlook House.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.
Overlook House(3839 N Melrose Dr.)


2) Art show (Sunday, March 27)

tarp_artFifteen to 20 Hazelnut Grove residents will display their artwork at the Division Stumptown on Sunday. Join the artists to talk about their work, socialize and meet the people who live at Hazelnut Grove. Portland artist Winde Dyer also will display her work which features tarp quilts.

The family-friendly event will include live music by Gepetto, food by Amanda Luna and the Hazelnut Grove community kitchen, and drinks by New Deal Distillery. If you plan to drink, consider catching a free shuttle ride from Hazelnut Grove (2:30-3:30 and returning 6:30-7:30).

The art show runs until April 26.

Meet Hazelnut Grove artists
Sunday, March 27, 4-6 p.m.
Stumpton Coffee (4525 SE Division St.)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 18)

1) Paul Bunyan needs your help
2) City athletic fields remain closed
3) Food donations in North Portland


1) Paul Bunyan needs your help

PaintPaulThe Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton has welcomed visitors for nearly 50 years. Paul is showing his age, though, and needs a fresh coat of paint.

The Kenton Neighborhood Association and Kenton Business Association are asking residents throughout North Portland for help. Learn more about this Portland landmark at paintpaulpdx.org.


2) City athletic fields remain closed

Due to the continued effects of recent heavy rains, all Portland Parks & Recreation grass athletic fields and ball fields will remain closed through at least Friday, March 25, 2016.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) originally closed all city-owned grass athletic and ball fields for one week, and re-evaluated conditions today.  The bureau must now extend the closure until at least Friday, March 25, 2016, due to safety concerns and saturated conditions related to recent heavy rain.

This closure impacts grass fields at Portland Parks & Recreation sites, and events which PP&R had permitted at Portland Public Schools facilities.  On Thursday, March 24, 2016, PP&R will re-evaluate the grass fields and make a determination on if the closures need to be extended, with user safety in mind.  The citywide closure does not impact synthetic turf fields, which are designed for all-weather play.


3) Food donations in North Portland

Tuesday’s Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting featured presentations from several North Portland social service agencies about how residents can get involved and support their efforts. The Portland Food Project was one of the presenters, and several residents had questions about how much food they receive from the neighborhood. They’ve sent answers:

In Overlook, about 30 donors give an average of 450-500 pounds of food every two months. Three neighborhood coordinators help make it happen.

Throughout North Portland, about 60 donors, with 4 neighborhood coordinators, give an average of 900-1,000 pounds of food per month.

Pantries in the North/Northeast Portland area are: Hereford House, Sharon Community Services, Bethel Community Care, Home Forward Dekum Court, Casa Trinidad, NE Emergency Food Program and St. Johns Food Share.

Visit their website to learn more.

 

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 12)

1) Big week for Overlook Mural project
2) All Portland athletic fields closed
3) Help cleanup Overlook
4) Show off your garden
5) OKNA general meeting (Tuesday, March 15)
6) Help PBOT locate bike share stations
7) How clean should the Willamette River be? (Survey)


1) Big week for Overlook Mural project

MuralYouth2The planned Overlook Mural continues to move forward. This week Miller Paint generously donated $1,500 worth of paint towards the project, and organizers held the second meeting of the Youth Artist Team.

The youth team met at the Rain Agency, which hosted the work meeting in their Pearl District space, to begin the creative process of designing the Overlook Mural.

Follow updates of the Youth Team’s progress online.

The mural project will be completed in late summer.  It will beautify the Overlook neighborhood, spotlighting our history and many beautiful green spaces.

Learn more about this exciting Overlook project.


2) All Portland athletic fields closed

Portland Parks & Recreation has closed all city-owned athletic and ballfields until at least Friday, March 18 due to safety concerns and saturated conditions related to continued rain.  This closure impacts grass fields at PP&R sites and events that PP&R had permitted at Portland Public Schools facilities.  On Thursday, PP&R will re-evaluate the grass fields and make a determination if the closures need to be extended, with user safety in mind.  The citywide closure does NOT impact synthetic turf fields, which are designed for all-weather play.

Sustained rains and wet conditions across the city have left many PP&R athletic fields with standing water, mud, slippery turf and other poor conditions that could impact athletes’ safety.  The heavy and seemingly unending rain has also hampered the ability for PP&R maintenance crews to care for the fields.  Turf experts stressed the importance of preserving the grass at this time of the year, noting that damage inflicted now will be much harder to repair later in the year when more people are expected to use the fields.

All people who have been granted permits for events on athletic and ball fields will have their money refunded.  Fields will also be closed for drop-in use.


3) Help cleanup Overlook

Now that the sun is finally breaking out with some regularity, it’s time for some spring cleaning. The Overlook Neighborhood Livability Team gathers once a month for two hours to remove graffiti and clean up trash in our neighborhood. If you’d like to volunteer to make Overlook a better place for everyone, email graffiti@overlookneighborhood.org.

The team was out last week:

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4) Show off your garden

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District seeks hosts and volunteers for the 2016 Naturescaped Yards Tour on Saturday, May 14.

Hosting your yard is a fun way to share your gardening experience with other natural gardening fans. They are looking for a variety of garden sizes and types by do-it-yourselfers who have incorporated native plants, naturescaping concepts, and stormwater features into their landscape. If your yard is young, a work in progress, or only part of it is ready to show, that’s great! To apply to be a host, fill out our online questionnaire here. If your garden is selected as a potential stop on the tour, our Yard Tour Organizer Angela will contact you in late March to schedule a visit to your yard. Questionnaires must be submitted by Sunday, March 20th.

Volunteering on Yard Tour day is a great way to connect with other gardening enthusiasts. Organizers need help with day of tour preparations, greeting visitors, and post-tour clean up. Morning and afternoon shifts are approximately 3 ½ hours. If you are interested in joining the fun, click here and our Yard Tour Coordinator will contact you with additional details.

For more information, contact Angela at 503-935-5371 or angela@emswcd.org.


5) OKNA general meeting (Tuesday, March 15)donationdrive

Join your neighbors on Tuesday to learn about what’s happening in Overlook Neighborhood. The March general meeting will focus on volunteer opportunities and ways residents can help from home. Meet the experts and learn about the barriers to opening shelter services and about the capacity of non-profits to assist the increasing homeless population in North Portland.

We will collect clothing and other donations for Transition Projects. For a list of items in high demand and other information, click on the image to the right.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


6) Help PBOT locate bike share stations

BIKETOWN is coming to Portland in July. Help Portland’s Bike Share program figure out where to locate stations for its initial rollout. Several possibilities are in Overlook along N Interstate Avenue. If you think the neighborhood should have better coverage, use the comments to tell planners.

An interactive online map is available. The map offers approximately 300 options for bike share station locations. Visitors to the map can view all the proposed station locations within the initial service area and provide comments.

Planners also will host a series of five public open houses. All members of the community are invited to comment online or participate in the following open houses.

Open House Dates and Locations:

  • March 15 (Tuesday) – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hosford Middle School Cafeteria, 2303 SE 28th Place
  • March 17 (Thursday) – Noon to 2:00 p.m., City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Ave.
  • March 30 (Wednesday) – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Portland Building, 2nd Floor Rm C, 1120 SW 5th Ave.
  • April 5 (Tuesday) – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Metropolitan Learning Center, 233 NW Glisan St.
  • April 7 (Thursday) – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart Church, 2926 N Williams Ave.

7) How clean should the Willamette River be? (Survey)

The City of Portland is looking for your views on the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Next month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce a proposed plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site in the Willamette River north of downtown Portland, a process that will affect all Portlanders.

Once the proposed plan is released, the city will submit a formal response. In preparation for that response, the city wants to hear from you. Please take a moment to share and your priorities and values for the cleanup of the Portland Harbor site through an online survey at Oregon’s Kitchen Table.

This anonymous survey, developed with the help of key stakeholders, is your opportunity to share what you value most about the cleanup. The survey will be open through March 31. After it closes, responses will be compiled by Oregon’s Kitchen Table, and results will be shared with the community later this spring.

If you can’t take the online survey, you can call Sarah Giles at 503-725-5248 to request a hard copy to fill out and return. The survey is available in five languages.

After the survey closes, the public will also be able to participate in EPA’s public comment period this spring. EPA’s record of decision, the final cleanup plan, is expected this December.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 4)

1) March OKNA meeting (Tuesday, March 15)
2) Wanted: Editor for Overlook Views
3) Will Patton Park serve in an emergency? (Wednesday, March 9)
4) Portland Community Equality Act
5) Overlook House Eggstravaganza (Saturday, March 26)
6) CORRECTION: Multnomah County budget survey link


1) March OKNA meeting (Tuesday, March 15)

donationdriveThe March OKNA general meeting will focus on volunteer opportunities and ways residents can help from home. Meet the experts and learn about the barriers to opening shelter services and about the capacity of non-profits to assist the increasing homeless population in North Portland. Service organizations attending the meeting will include:

In order to kick things off, we will collect clothing and other donations for Transition Projects. Click on the image above for a list of items in high demand and other information.

OKNA General Meeting
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


2) Wanted: Editor for Overlook Views

OKNA seeks an editor to oversee publication of Overlook Views, our print newspaper distributed throughout the neighborhood. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a sense for news to give back to the neighborhood and gain valuable experience as part of a news gathering and design team. Anyone interested should contact the OKNA board at info@overlookneighborhood.org.

Learn more about Overlook Views and read past issues on our website.


3) Will Patton Park serve in an emergency? (Wednesday, March 9)

Join the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) on Wednesday to explore Patton Park as a potential emergency staging area. Bring whatever gear you have as well as a flashlight and appropriate weather gear. No NET training is required, only interest. Meet at the southwest corner of Patton Park at the intersection of N Interstate Avenue and N Emerson Street.

Patton Park NET exploration
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-8 p.m.
Patton Park


4) Portland Community Equality Act

One of the backers of the Portland Community Equality Act recently presented information about their proposed ballot initiative to the OKNA board. The initiative would change the form of city government. Currently city commissioners are elected at-large, i.e., citywide. If the initiative makes the ballot and voters approve it, council members would be elected from geographic districts.

Learn more at the PCEA website.


5) Overlook House Eggstravaganza (Saturday, March 26)

easter-154403_640The Easter Bunny will visit Overlook House early on March 26 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Be there at 10:30 a.m. sharp with basket in hand – the hunt will be over in less than five minutes! Discover thousands of eggs filled with treats, plus lots of other toys spread on the back lawns of Overlook House. Find one of the golden eggs and look inside for a special prize. This fun  event happens rain or shine and is presented free for neighborhood children by the Friends of Overlook House.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.
Overlook House(3839 N Melrose Dr.)


6) CORRECTION: Multnomah County budget survey link

Last week’s update included a faulty link to the Multnomah County budget survey. If you would like to help the county decide how to spend tax dollars, the correct link is https://multco.us/oci/2017-citizen-budget-survey.

We apologize for the error.

 

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